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Florence

Florence, or Firenze in Italian, is the capital city of the Tuscany region and lies on the banks of the Arno. The city has a population of almost 400,000 people and is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence is Italy in miniature: impatient types...

History Florence

Florence

Florence was founded in 59 AD by Roman soldiers, who named the settlement Florentia, Latin for flowering. By the 3rd century, the city had already become an important trading centre. Barbarian conquerors captured all of Tuscany in 570, and Florence w...

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Italian Public Holidays

As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Italy observes numerous public holidays. National public holidays on which shops and offices remain closed are listed below.1 January: New Year's Day6 January: The Feast of the EpiphanyMarch/April: Easter an...

Carnival in Florence

Carnival is celebrated enthusiastically thoughout Italy, and Florence is no exception. During the street procession, you'll see costumes from all around the world. Festivities incorporate a cosmopolitan element, giving Carnival in Florence its truly...

Festival dei Popoli

The Festival dei Popoli (International Documentary Film Festival) is one of Europe's leading documentary film festivals. This year, the festival will be held in the heart of the Tuscan city for the 49th time. Documentaries will be screened at differe...

Gay Florence

Florence has a lack of entertainment concerning gay bars and discos. One of the main reasons is the conservative way of life in Florence and also the influence of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, there are a couple of 'gay friendly' restaurants. Li...

International Iris Competition

In May every year Florence's renowned Iris Garden opens its gates for the International Iris Competition. Before the irises enter the competition they are first lovingly nurtured over a period of three years. The flowers are judged on colour, fragran...

Calcio Storico

For well over 600 years, a costume football match has been played in Florence on the 24th of June. The game is played in honour of the city's patron saint, St John the Baptist, although the original aim of the tournament was to keep the city's milita...